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Time to show our Heart some tender love and care and artichokes is great for this.

It will seem like a lot of work to prepare but the end results in eating it and the health benefits are amazing and will make it all worthwhile.

Grilled artichokes

Cut 1.5 inch tips off and peel skin of stem, cut artichokes to half and scrap off furry stuff at center. Brush lemon juice on all exposed area to keep artichokes fresh tasting.

Place artichokes in steamer, at medium high for 45-1 hour, or until they are nice and tender but not overly soft or falling apart.

Prepare hot grilling pan, brush steamed artichokes with grape seed oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Gill for 6-8 min.

Benefits of artichokes:

Bone health as its is one of the best foods you can get to make sure you are obtaining vitamins and minerals. They contain significant amounts of magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, which are essential for healthy bone density. Perfect for those who suffer from osteoporosis.

Heart health as being a heart healthy vegetable, artichokes reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

Digestive aid as it contains a high source of dietary fibre, which can improve the function of your digestive system.

Cancer prevention due to there high amount of antioxidants, artichokes have the ability to defend for your immune system against the effects of free radicals, and natural byproducts of cell metabolism.

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